Abstract and Keywords
This article describes in general terms the characteristics of major time periods in Mesoamerica, tracking the regions that directed or dominated events in each period. It covers the Late Archaic period (4000–2000 bc ), Initial Formative (Preclassic) period (2000–1200 bce ), Early Formative period (ca. 1200–ca 900 bc ), Middle Formative period (ca. 900– ca . 600 bc ), Middle to Late Formative period (ca. 600–300 bc ), Late Formative period (ca. 300 bc –1 ad ), Terminal Formative period (ca. 1–250 ad ), Early Classic period (ca. 250–600 ad ), Late Classic period (ca. 600–900 ad ), Epiclassic and Early Postclassic periods (ca. 750–1200 ad ), Middle Postclassic period (ca. 1200–1400), and Late Postclassic period (ca. 1400–1521 ad ).
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